martes, junio 29, 2010

The Queen visits Canada


Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Waterloo, Ont. are major stops. cbc.ca

Queen Elizabeth ll is greeted by Mi'kmaq First Nations Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy and his daughter Christina Sylliboy at a heritage village on the Commons in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 28. The village was erected to commemorate Grand Chief Henri Membertou's baptism on June 24, 1610. (Paul Darrow/Reuters)

The 22nd official royal visit to Canada by Queen Elizabeth began June 28. The Queen and Prince Philip will visit five Canadian cities over nine days. The Queen got a rainy but warm welcome as she arrived in Halifax on June 28. (See photos.) She received a round of applause as she addressed a rain-soaked crowd near the Halifax Citadel. "I'm delighted to be back amongst you all," the Queen said. "My pride in this country remains undimmed. Thanks very much for your welcome. It is good to be home."

The Queen and Prince Philip then visited the nearby Halifax Common, to take part in a Mi'kmaq cultural event and mark the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Henri Membertou. The royal couple wrapped up their first day of official duties by rededicating Government House, the official residence of the lieutenant-governor in Halifax.

On Tuesday, the royal couple will inspect dozens of Canadian and foreign warships anchored in Halifax harbour, as part of the celebration marking the navy's 100th anniversary. They will unveil a plaque commemorating HMCS Sackville, Canada's only surviving corvette from the Second World War.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit Ottawa for three days, including Canada Day. It will be the seventh time Queen Elizabeth has been in Canada on July 1. The Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill will be the big event in Ottawa.

In Winnipeg on July 3, the Queen unveils a statue of herself by sculptor Leo Mol, who died in 2009. Other events include dedicating a stone from the site where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 that will be the cornerstone for a human rights museum. After that, she will speak at a concert for human rights.

The royal couple will attend a church service at St. James Cathedral in Toronto on July 4. Later that day, they will see which horse wins The Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack.

The next day includes a quick trip to Waterloo to tour BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's facility. Another big event that day is an official dinner in Toronto.

The departure from Canada takes place the next morning at Queen's Park in Toronto.

When Queen Elizabeth leaves for New York on July 6 to address the United Nations general assembly, she will have spent 222 days in Canada on royal visits as the country's sovereign. (She made her first trip to Canada in 1951, when she was still a princess.). .

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